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Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-03 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case ATX (not included) Power Supply

  • Steel ATX Mid Tower
  • 2 x USB 3.0 / Audio
  • 2 x 5.25" Drive Bays / 3 x 3.5" Drive Bays / 2 x 2.5" Drive Bays
  • 1 x Front Fan / 1 x Rear Fan
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
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  • Dr M.
  • 4/17/2015 3:59:43 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood case, Two 3.0 USB ports

This review is from: Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-03 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case ATX (not included) Power Supply

Pros: Painted inside and out, nice viewing window, sides slip on easily, OK cable management, two fans included, two 3.0 USB connections on front of case, nice power and reset buttons, easy snap out drive bay knock-outs for DVD so you don't cut your knuckles when removing them, screwless drive/DVD mounting

Cons: You may lose option to mount one case fan if you install a liquid cooler like the Corsair H80i or H100i.

Other Thoughts: This is a nice case. Cable management requires routing cables behind a groove that runs vertically from top to bottom of the case. Even though you cannot use all of the case fan options, if you install a liquid cooler for your CPU, you won't need a lot of case fans. The 20-pin USB 3.0 cable from the front of the case to the mother board has a generous length, but the audio cable is a little tight. All in all, I highly recommend this case over any others in this price range.

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  • Ryan V.
  • 4/16/2015 10:31:49 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsI love Bane!

This review is from: Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-03 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case ATX (not included) Power Supply

Pros: Corsair's build quality is top notch, in everything they do. Roomy roomy roomy. shove all of your cables through one of the many holes given and slap on the side panel. It has a huge bulge that will make the worse of cable managers look decent. Very minimally red, not screaming "THIS IS ANOTHER RED AND BLACK BUILD". Only comes with 2 fans but the possibilities for for more are absolutely astonishing at <$100. Drive rack is gorgeous, window is gorgeous. This case has features unheard of for a "cheap" case.

Cons: My old case (luckily) had fan splitters built into the fan so I thought nothing of my mobo only having 1, yeah only one, fan header. But that is my fault for getting the cheapest on the market for a motherboard.

Other Thoughts: Build quality!!!! real screws! all metal! EVEN THE THUMB SCREWS ARE METAL! Removable expansion slots? More than you need! Can you put them back in? YES! Nothing about this case cries cheap. Everything is high quality. Also looks like Bane

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  • Alex C.
  • 4/9/2015 8:34:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat !

This review is from: Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-03 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case ATX (not included) Power Supply

Pros: Great Mid-tower , fit my H100i , not easy to put in it but fit it .
Enough Room for everything else ! Can't even hear fans . Nice LED color.

Cons: PSU doesn't allow a bottom fan , but no points off since maybe depends on PSU size .

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  • Aaron A.
  • 3/2/2015 5:31:15 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSPEC-03

This review is from: Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-03 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case ATX (not included) Power Supply

Pros: This case is a very nice looking case has a beautiful side window that really show cases your hard work. For its price point, you can't beat it if you are interested in a mid-sized case.

Cons: However, I do have a few things worth mentioning. The description indicates that this case comes equipped with a removable filter. One would think this removable filter would be on the front intake, right? Well, wrong. There are two filters pre-installed in this case. One filter for the bottom, if you can fit in a fan there (more on that in a minute), and another filter at the top covering the exhaust vents. Nothing filtering the air coming into the case from the front intake fan(s). I used panty hose and stretched it around the metal grill that is mounted inside the plastic front panel.

On to my second con; according to the specifications, you can mount a 120mm fan in the bottom of this case along with your PSU. I chose an EVGA SuperNOVA 650W fully modular PSU for my wife's build. A 120mm fan will not fit without some modifications to the case. I am pretty certain that if you were dead set on that 120mm fan, you would have to cut some of the hard drive mounting support leg off, which I may end up doing.

Other Thoughts: A few other neutral points I want to touch on:
1. Full ATX with SSD in the rear slot leaves little room for cables. Can be done, and looks clean, but it is very tight. You have to remove the storage drive support cage to install the SSD in the rear most slot if the MOBO is already installed.
2. Word of advise: Run your supplemental CPU power supply cable PRIOR to MOBO installation or you will be like me and have to take the mobo back out in order to run it properly.
3. I have saw a video of a rather large radiator mounted up top, but you must use low profile RAM sticks or it simply won't clear them.
4. The inside looks marvelous with a full ATX mobo as it takes up all of the space.

4 egg review was generous, but it really is a good case for the amount of money it cost.

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  • David B.
  • 3/2/2015 8:41:21 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing Value

This review is from: Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-03 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case ATX (not included) Power Supply

Pros: Amazing creature features built into this budget case. It's been awhile since I've done a build, so maybe things have changed across the board. I sure hope they're all built like this: wonderful fans, attention to fittings, smooth edges, solid construction, and it's flat out cool looking.

Cons: Absolutely none. If you're a budget-minded enthusiast, they nailed it here.

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  • Justin s.
  • 2/28/2015 7:10:09 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsnice case great price

This review is from: Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-03 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case ATX (not included) Power Supply

Pros: Excellent case for any build and at a great price. Fits the Cooler Master hyper 212 evo! So anyone wondering if you can use a large air cooler in this system. I would have to say so, the hyper evo 212 is a very large cooler and it fits just fine! I switched the Pwr LED and the HDD LED so the front panel will flash when the HDD is being accessed. Looks cool as hell!

Cons: One of the front usb 3.0 cables had a "kink" in it from the first day I received it, not going to knock an egg off because of this because it was an easy fix on my end and not a large enough issue to return it. Except the fact that the orange and red LED cases are now the same price!

Other Thoughts: Yea its a dust magnet however that would indicate that the case has very good airflow and it does!!! Coolest temps I have ever had with my AX HD 6970 GPU.

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  • Aaron B.
  • 2/27/2015 8:57:27 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat for the price!

This review is from: Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-03 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case ATX (not included) Power Supply

Pros: Looks awesome. The front is really aggressive without looking cheap.
Plenty of room for my micro ATX.
Exceptional cooling capabilities.
It's corsair. (Speaks for itself)

Cons: Rear side of the case is rather tight. Even with the bulge in the panel it's really tight. However, my PSU is NON modular. With a modular PSU I'm sure you would be fine.

Couldn't figure out which screws were the Mobo screws. Two different kinds were very similar but not a huge issue.

Other Thoughts: I wish the dust filters were a little better quality. They will do but they're sort of cheap.

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  • Brenda H.
  • 2/22/2015 8:43:20 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat!

This review is from: Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-03 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case ATX (not included) Power Supply

Pros: Well built and slick look

Cons: Haven't found anything wrong with it so far to name any cons

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  • Muhammad K.
  • 1/30/2015 10:37:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsPretty terrible overall

This review is from: Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-03 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case ATX (not included) Power Supply

Pros: - Small size

Cons: Cheap construction:
- Strong enough (made of metal) but imprecise. Side cover is a pain to put back on.

Terrible dust filters:
- The one on the top can only be taken out from the inside AFTER removing any fans.
- The one on the bottom isn't a "slide out" design is difficult to put back in.
- There's a mesh design at the front intake that doesn't act like a dust filter because the holes are too big.

Bad design:
- There is an EPS connection cutout (CPU connector) but it is completely useless because it get covered up by the motherboard (standard ATX).
- Not enough cable tie points at the back to do good cable management.

Other Thoughts: - I recently build my PC and this is the only part I regret buying.
- The reason I bought it is because it was really cheap WITH the rebate. However, I didn't get the rebate because apparently the rebate period was only UPTO December 1, even though when I bought it, the rebate was advertised.
- I had heard of Corsair's bad reputation regarding rebates and I experienced it first hand (did not factor into the score for the case).

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  • David Z.
  • 1/15/2015 12:22:45 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome case

This review is from: Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-03 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case ATX (not included) Power Supply

Pros: Love this case. I swapped this for my CM Storm Scout (which is also a good case but it doesn't fulfill my need for longer, badder graphics cards, oh boy that sounded bad didn't it). Anyway, the case is solidly built with great looking LEDs. The inside is roomy and has perfect airflow. I have no complaints whatsoever.

Cons: N/A

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